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The WSBeat: Doorstep grocery thief caught on cam, and more

By Megan Sheppard
On the WSBeat, for West Seattle Blog

From reports on cases handled recently by Southwest Precinct officers:

*On Atlas Place, a customer received a delivery of groceries in the early hours of the morning on Thursday. But a security camera shows that an hour later a man stopped by the front porch and walked off with the groceries. Images of the thief have been turned over to police.

Five more summaries ahead:Read More

Safeway team, with new store’s manager, joins Lafayette playground party

(Photos and video by Christopher Boffoli for WSB)
The upcoming opening of the new Admiral Safeway loomed large at today’s work party for Lafayette Elementary‘s “Play It Forward” playground project, and not just because the store is across the street from the school. Safeway employees (including those above) joined the work party. Among them, the new store’s manager, going public for the first time in that role, though he is someone you might already know – more ahead:Read More

West Seattle summer: Still room in kids’ music program

June 25, 2011 6:45 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | WS culture/arts

Don’t let your young musician fall out of practice over the summer. Toni Reineke sends word there’s still room in this program (she shared the photo, too):

It’s still not too late to sign up for Summer Music at West Seattle High School! We are nearing our capacity of 60 students, but still have room for a few more.

In its 58th year, it’s taught by Seattle Public Schools music teachers and is for students who just finished 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th or 8th grades (other grades by permission).

Designed for students grades 4-8 (student must have completed at least one year of instrumental instruction)
Students who attend Seattle Public Schools as well as private schools are welcome!
Band, strings, jazz band, solos, ensembles, improvisation — and more!
Daily field recesses!
Concerts every Friday at 11:00 a.m.
Weekdays, June 27 – July 15 (except July Fourth), 9:00 to noon.

For more info, please call the Fine and Performing Arts Department at 206-252-0051 or 252-0050, or contact Toni Reineke, Head Teacher, at 206-243-6955 or

Morgan Junction Community Festival 2011, report #2: Sun!

(Our earlier festival coverage is here.)

We’re starting a new story for the last few “sunny, finally!” hours of today’s Morgan Junction Community Festival. Above, that’s the 2nd vendor/exhibitor area added this year, next to Washington Federal Savings on the northeast corner of California/Fauntleroy. Among those you’ll find there – Eric Thomas and West Seattle-based Solar Epiphany:

On the west side of California, there’s great music live in the park and alongside Beveridge Place Pub, free, all ages, all the way up till 7 pm. We hear many of the “Bite of Morgan” free food sample participants have run out, and festival organizers hope the participating restaurants will see you here for breakfast/lunch/dinner sometime soon – part of the point of today’s free festival is to showcase Morgan Junction, one of West Seattle’s fun little neighborhoods (not just someplace to drive through on the way to or from the ferry dock). Community groups and businesses (including us) are tabling behind Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor)/Zeeks Pizza and alongside Washington Federal Savings across the street, so come listen to music, meet new friends …

5:04 PM: Speaking of music – one of the midafternoon acts, Gary Reynolds and the Brides of Obscurity:

Performing now – Tongan musicians and dancers from nearby Seaview Methodist Church:

5:58 PM: The music continues for another hour – but the vendors have the green light to pack up, since the wandering crowds have dwindled. We’ll be here another 15 minutes or so. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to say hi – great to meet so many people, as well as to see all the community advocates and others who spent their day tabling here. Just two weeks till West Seattle Summer Fest in The Junction (July 8-10) – we are looking forward to seeing you there too!

Happening now: Northwest Paddling Festival, day 1

June 25, 2011 3:55 pm
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 |   Seen at sea | West Seattle news | WS & Sports

The water and newly opened beach at Jack Block Park are alive with activity as the first day of the first-ever Northwest Paddling Festival continues. Both veteran paddlers and beginners are taking the chance for a closeup look at what’s new:

And if you’re just curious – not sure if you’re ready to try it out – you can wander the booths on the boardwalk:

KING 5 was live at the festival during their newscast this morning, with Alki Kayak Tours/Mountain to Sound OutfittersGreg Whittaker (and others) – here’s one of their reports:

Today’s events continue till 6 pm – and then 9 am to 5 pm again tomorrow; the full schedule is here.

West Seattle parks: Recovery Garden work party

(Photos by Christopher Boffoli for WSB)
Saturday is a traditional time for people around the community to do volunteer work to help make the community a better place – and the group above was busy doing exactly that this morning in the Recovery Garden at Cottage Grove Park in North Delridge. It’s one of those places where you need to stop and take a closer look – which will be easier because of some of the work done today;

Tasha Mosher showed WSB’s Christopher Boffoli how volunteers were removing weeds that are obscuring some of the messages written on the stones that line the paths. The Recovery Garden began as a demonstration program to “de-stigmatize recovery” – explained on the city page for Cottage Grove Park.

West Seattle traffic update: Bridge backup

Not a surprise, given the Alaskan Way Viaduct closure (and other traffic effects of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon) – but in case you were hoping for better – sorry! Just got that photo via Twitter from @206sportsfan. The Viaduct is supposed to be fully open again by 4 this afternoon.

Happening now: Morgan Junction Community Festival 2011

The sun’s not here just yet but the people are. C’mon down to Fauntleroy/California for the 2011 edition of the Morgan Junction Community Festival. We’re with the booths behind Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor)/Zeeks Pizza on the northwest corner; we’ll be updating with photos and video Music and performances are under way in the park just north of neighboring Beveridge Place Pub – with The Bubbleman coming up at 11:15. His trademark purple van is already here:

The park is also where to get your “Bite of Morgan” tickets – free but there’s a limited quantity of booklets, first-come, first-served. Look for the info booth with the whiteboard:

Festival’s on till 7 pm.

12:06 PM: The sun is appearing intermittently. It was out for Bubbleman’s tour de force in the park:

Be sure to wander south of the park toward Feedback Lounge – not just because we’re hanging out in the vendor area behind it, along with cool people like Steve Louie and Ed Pottharst, two of this area’s coordinators from the Department of Neighborhoods:

… but also so you can buy raffle tickets to benefit the West Seattle Food BankShannon‘s at the booth right now:

And on the north side of the Feedback, you’ll find a booth with Full Tilt Ice Cream:

(Sorry, they’re not part of the free “bites” – so bring a few dollars. And West Seattle Thriftway across the street is selling barbecue lunch with all proceeds benefiting the festival!) The music/entertainment lineup is here.

2:01 PM: The free live music is at centerstage – literally – as the afternoon goes on (see the lineup link above). There are performances in the park and at a stage alongside Beveridge Place Pub. Steady stream of visitors overall – people are here with their dogs, too, lots of families with kids, and thanks to everyone who has stopped by to say hi! We’ll launch a second report within the hour with some of what else is going on – including the vendors on the other side of the street.

West Seattle Saturday: Morgan Junction, NW Paddling festivals; diaper-drive concert @ WestSide Baby…

June 25, 2011 7:56 am
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Big day on the peninsula, and we should see some sun! From the WSB West Seattle Events page, the highlights:

MORGAN JUNCTION COMMUNITY FESTIVAL: One day, big fun! Morgan Community Association presents this popular free festival, 10:30 am-7 pm in and around Morgan Junction Park (6413 California SW) – here’s our most recent update including the final entertainment lineup (Bubbleman at 11:15!). “Bite of Morgan” free-food-sample booklets (participants here) are first come, first served, at the fair-info booth at the park.

NORTHWEST PADDLING FESTIVAL: First of two days for the first-ever edition of this celebration on the water and on the shore (newly opened as of last night!) at Jack Block Park off Harbor Avenue SW. Today’s full schedule is here, including two races in the early afternoon. For workshops and demos, there’s an admission fee; to walk around and look at vendors, free.

RECOVERY GARDEN CLEANUP PARTY: Volunteer help is welcome at Brandon and 26th Ave SW, 10 am – noon. This small park within North Delridge’s Cottage Grove Park honors those on the path of healing from substance abuse. Join a unique partnership with a Seattle treatment center to restore one of Delridge’s great corners.

SHREDDING AND E-CYCLING: Windermere Fauntleroy (6505 California SW) is not only part of the Morgan Junction Community Festival, it’s also holding a shredding/electronics recycling event in its back parking lot (south of Morgan Junction Starbucks), 10 am-1 pm. (They’re also Bite of Morgan participants if you get a coupon book at the festival – Otter Pops.)

HAM RADIO ENTHUSIASTS IN ACTION: In the southeast field at South Seattle Community College, Seattle ham-radio operators will show off everything from new tech to historic Morse code as they compete in a contest; full details here.

ALKI BIKE TOUR:4th annual Historic Alki Bike Tour, presented by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. Meet at the Log House Museum, 61st and Stevens. $7 for non-members, $5 for museum members. Facebook event page here.

ON THE RUN: Pacific Northwest Track and Field Junior Olympics at Southwest Athletic Complex (details on the organization’s website) – remember that the Denny International Middle School move is under way, so street parking west of the stadium is limited.

REAL ESTATE MARKET UPDATE: By most accounts, things are looking up. Join an expert seminar hosted by Merrill Gardens-West Seattle (WSB sponsor) at 11 am, including projections on the local real-estate market. Complimentary lunch after the seminar; call (206) 932-5480 to see if there’s room.

HANDS ACROSS THE SAND: 2nd annual demonstration of environmental concern at Alki Beach, noon, east of Bathhouse.

STUFF THE BUS DIAPER DRIVE KICKOFF – WITH RECESS MONKEY: Concert by Recess Monkey at WestSide Baby‘s 14th SW donation facility, 1 pm, bring diapers! It’s the official kickoff to WestSide Baby’s annual Stuff the Bus summertime diaper drive; details here.

DANCE ON THE SAND: If the weather doesn’t go south, there’s Salsa on Alki Beach, 6 – 10 pm.

West Seattle traffic alert: Alaskan Way Viaduct closed

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon is just getting under way, and one of the related road closures is a biggie – the Alaskan Way Viaduct, both ways. Here’s the update we published a few days ago, including a clickable map with all the marathon-related closures; the state says the Viaduct will be fully open again by 4 pm. As for other events affecting traffic around the city – here’s the weekly bulletin SDOT sent out on Thursday.

Memorial on Monday for longtime area resident Bob Erdmann

June 25, 2011 5:31 am
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 |   Obituaries | West Seattle news | West Seattle people | White Center

A memorial service is planned this Monday in White Center for longtime area resident Robert (Bob) Edward Erdmann Sr. From his family:

Bob was born to parents August Jr. and Rosa Lena Erdmann on August 29, 1926, in
Brainerd, MN. He followed his stepbrother out to Seattle when he was a teenager. And that is where he fell in love and married his wife of 61 years, Catherine (Kay) Ann Erdmann. Together they had 5 kids: Bobby Jr. (Susan), Larry (Nancy), Tom (Sissy), RoseAnn, and Jeannie (Mike). They were grandparents to 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He loved spending time with his family at the family’s recreational property in Shelton.

Bob owned his own company, Bob’s Saw Shop, for 40 years while also working for Highline School District, from which he retired in 1988. After suffering a massive stroke in January of this year, he ended his journey here on Earth and went to be with his late parents and his wife on June 17. He will be forever loved and missed!

Services will be on Monday, June 27, 2011 at Yarington’s Funeral Home. Viewing is from 9 am-1 pm, and the funeral service starts at 1:00. Reception to follow.

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